A delegation of 7 students along with one supervisor from JNEC visited Japan on the invitation by the government of Japan from January 17th to 27th, 2016 under the “Japan-SAARC Network Programme of People to People Exchange (JENESYS). University students from member countries of SAARC also participate in that short-term invitation programme.
The JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a project advanced by the Japanese government from the standpoint of providing a sound foundation for strong solidarity within Asia through large-scale youth exchange.
The JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center) is in charge of conducting the programme in cooperation with various local governments, schools, and international exchange organizations in each area.
The objectives of JENESYS are:
- To promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and Asian countries
- To promote a global understanding of Japans society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy
- To convey information on Japan and experience acquired through the program to the general public of the participants home countries through the participants of this project.
Under the programme, the students and other participants were given opportunities to deepen their understanding on Japan’s cutting-edge high technologies and its support for local and creative industries, experience Japan’s traditional culture and to communicate with local people. The students also visited the energy sector to observe how Japan is efficiently meeting its energy needs while protecting its nature and environment. Students were taken to places like Shibaura Water Reclamation Center and Ariake Inceneration Plant, the waste disposal plant in Tokyo.
Since the programme also focuses on student exchange program, the visiting students were taken to Teikyo University, Utsunomiya and were made to interact with the students in the university.
Under the homestay programme, the visiting students were made to stay in the Japanese homes with Japanese family. The host family treats the visiting guest as one of their own family member. Homestay is one of the most valued and fascinating programme.